Letter to the Editor: Relying on minimum wage workers in a crisis

Does anyone else see the great irony that we’ve spent the last couple years greatly debating the worth and value of lower wage workers as the Flagstaff minimum wage has increased, yet now that we are in the middle of the biggest universal crisis we hopefully ever experience, the people we are relying upon almost […]

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for democratic candidates in LD6

Democracy runs on local control and the voice of the people. Flagstaff’s voters approved the minimum wage increase in 2016. Businesses couldn’t believe that the people supported this and state government feared this action to improve living standards for the people would infect other cities. So with massive amounts of dark money, a repeal of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Minimum wage study a waste of money as expected

The report on the effects of the minimum wage turned out to be a complete waste of $48,000 we thought it would be. Since the consultant with questionable credibility quit before the job was done it is incomplete and the conclusions are in question. We heard they interviewed business owners, but we haven’t heard the […]

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Letter to the editor: Hoping Thorpe’s bill goes nowhere

Rep. Bob Thorpe is trying to block students from voting where they go to school by introducing HB 2461, which would ban students’ use of an address for voting purposes at which they don’t reside for 12 months each year. Thorpe’s argument for this bill is one-sided in favor of businesses who are opposed to […]

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How Arizona spent your tax dollars in the new state budget

Now that the Republican legislature has passed its budget and Ducey has signed it into law, let’s take a look at some of the worst of it. If you’re interested in what alternative priorities the Democrats proposed, we’re sponsoring an event on June 13 with Democratic House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and other Democratic legislators […]

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National Minimum Wage Bill ~ Take Action!

House Democrats need 11 more votes to pass a $15 federal minimum wage as called for in the 2016 DNC platform. The bill would phase in the increase over 5 years. An alternative bill would allow lower wages in low cost-of-living regions. “Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran supports raising the federal minimum wage and he is […]

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Week In Review

Trump’s budget Donald Trump unveiled his budget that includes drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the same programs that Arizonans told elected leaders to protect. The budget also greatly increases the deficit, forcing future generations to pay for tax cuts that benefit corporations and the super wealthy. Republicans are hellbent on providing […]

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Help put a stop to proposed minimum wage loophole

I want you to be aware that there is a bill currently going through the state legislature called HB 2523. It is allegedly designed to encourage youth employment and would allow employers to pay students $7.25/hour if they are between ages 18 and 22. Would it actually increase student employment? Many employers would be happy […]

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Chamber needs to reevaluate support for state wage bill

There was a stark juxtaposition of lead articles in the Daily Sun last week. Jan. 29th’s story, “NAU Student wage petition gains support,” reported on a petition to raise the minimum wage for NAU student employees to above $8.50/hr. The following day’s headline, “Student wages to be reduced?” reported on a move in the opposite […]

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Keep the Arizona minimum wage the same for all

Young people ages 18-22 years old deserve the same minimum salary as the workers 23 and older. Whether they are students at NAU or working in other parts of our state, they should receive at least the minimum wage. Recent legislation introduced by Travis Graham from the 12th district is unacceptable (Student wages to be […]

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